PRAY!

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Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippines 4:6-7 (NLT)

Hold out your hand and close your eyes and you will get a big surprise. I have six older brothers. As an adult, I realize how gullible I was as a child. I fell for it every time. My brothers would play tricks on me. They weren’t evil tricks—they were big brother-little sister tricks. Do you ever feel like that is the case when you pray? Do you feel like the little kid hoping you’ll get what you asked for and not a “trick” from God as your answer to prayer?

Bow your head, fold your hands and close your eyes—it’s time to pray. Undoubtedly, that set of commands conjures an image in your mind.

There are all sorts of reasons people don’t pray.   Here are a few that come to mind. You can add your reason to the list if you don’t find it.

  • God never answers my prayers, so why pray.
  • God doesn’t hear me when I pray, so why pray.
  • I don’t know how to pray. I don’t know what to say.
  • I don’t have time to pray.

There are many words written about why God doesn’t answer prayer. Honestly, I have found few of them very comforting or enlightening. I can’t presume to understand why God does what He does, or doesn’t act in a certain way. When I hear someone trying to explain God’s action or seeming inaction to the broken hearted, injured or sick person, I often cringe.

Perhaps a change of perspective about prayer is in order.

I’ve been blessed with amazing friends. I can talk on the phone with my friends for hours, given the chance. I used to work in the same office with my friend. We talked all day long, had morning coffee and lunch together, yet would still spend the evening together talking and laughing either in person or on the phone. We would spend our weekends watching movies or shopping. We never ran out of things to talk about. We never got tired of interacting. We knew each other’s deep, dark secrets. We saw each other in the darkest moments of life. We saw each other in the shining moments of success. We saw each other make stupid mistakes. We didn’t always approve of each other, but it didn’t change how we loved each other. We trusted each other. I was at her side when she took her last breath.

We were friends in every sense of the word. That relationship came from our interaction—both of us participated—both of us benefited.

There is a man at my church, who, when he leads the congregation in prayer, says as a call to prayer, “Let’s talk to God.” Then he talks to God. Would your prayer life be different, if you thought of prayer as it truly is, a talk with God?

Don’t mistake my example. I am not attempting to diminish God’s holiness or glory. I’m simply trying to convince you that the holy, glorious God of the universe WANTS to talk with you. THAT’S the change of perspective!

When I was sad, desperate, sick, happy, joyful, proud of my accomplishment, in trouble, or looking for another perspective, I contacted my friend. She was always available to help, console, rejoice, give advice or simply listen. Sometimes she acted, sometimes she listened, and sometimes she offered a different perspective— whatever her response I knew I could always share my honest thoughts with her.

Pray about everything.

Talk to God about everything. Prayer is not a religious incantation. It’s not the act of saying the words just right or catching God in the right mood or at the right moment so He’ll grant your wish. Certainly, petition is one part of prayer but it’s not the sole purpose of prayer.

Prayer is the relationship builder between a holy God and humanity.

There is no “right way” to pray: stand up, sit down, on the run, flat on your face, in despair, with joyful praise, with solemn worship, a quick cry, a laid out plan, a joyful shout, a daily request that is repeated for years, the cry of one who is angry and confused, your darkest sin or your greatest joy, your realization of God’s holiness and glory—you will find all those examples of prayer in scripture.

God wants to hear from you. Pray. Talk to God. Often, you’ll find His response back to you in His word, the Bible. That is why prayer and Bible study go hand in hand.

Pray about everything.

Father, help me come to You in every circumstance. Teach me the value of prayer. Change my wrong perspective and attitudes about prayer. I want to know you more. Change my negative thoughts about prayer. Remind me especially when I would hide or decided prayer is not worth the effort, that I find everything I need in a relationship with You.

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The Prayer of Heaven

praise 2I praise your greatness, my God the King; I will praise You forever and ever.  I will praise You every day; I will praise You forever and ever. The Lord is great and worthy of our praise; no one can understand how great He is.

Parents will tell their children what You have done. They will retell Your mighty acts, wonderful majesty, and glory. And I will think about Your miracles. They will tell about the amazing things You do, and I will tell how great You are. They will remember Your great goodness and will sing about Your fairness. Psalm 145:1-7 (NCV)

It’s the finale of your hard work. It’s the thing you long to hear once your project is complete. It’s the very thing that keeps you going when you want to quit.

What is it? It can be as simple as two words, “Good job!”

The words aren’t as important as the action—it’s praise.

People respond to praise. People have an inherent need have their achievements and efforts acknowledged. Some people need little—some need more—I have never met the person who doesn’t want to hear, “Well done!”

Even Ozzy, my dog, responds to praise.

Deeper than the superficial star for good behavior, praise acknowledges what you’ve done, the effort you’ve made, perhaps the sacrifice you’ve made, or the skillful way you worked out the problem. Praise extols your best skills—stick-to-itiveness, mental or physical dexterity. Praise notices your best qualities, kindness, generosity, or empathy.

Even the internally motivated person or self-starter turns an ear to praise.

Why would we think God is any different?

Have you ever prayed a prayer of praise?  If you pray at all, you most likely pray one of, or a combination of, the following prayers:

  • Thanks for the things received.
  • Confession of sin/and the request for forgiveness.
  • The prayer of supply—asking for daily bread.
  • The pray for supplication—asking for various requests for yourself or others.

Every single one of those is valid, wonderful, and necessary. Can you see what each one of those has in common? While each involves God, each also has an element of “you” in it—the things you need, the things you want, or the things you received.

Praise is different. Praise is all about God and His attributes, His goodness and His acts. Read the entire chapter of Psalm 145. You’ll read descriptions about God’s character and see words like:

  • Great
  • Mighty
  • Majesty
  • Goodness
  • Mercy
  • Power
  • Loyal
  • Good
  • Near
  • Listening
  • Close
  • Protecting

The final summation is—I will praise the Lord. Let everyone praise His holy name forever. Psalm 145:21 (NCV)

A prayer of praise is all about God. Praise is the prayer of heaven. It’s the very thing God is waiting to hear because it means the one praying knows His character. Praise is the prayer that removes you from your struggle, need, and care, and focuses your thoughts on God’s mighty power, endless love, amazing grace and stunning glory.

The prayer of praise takes practice. Practice praise today. If you don’t know how, make this Psalm part of your prayer, David understood the practice.

I will praise you every day; I will praise you forever and ever. Psalm 145: 2(NCV)

Father, You are great and glorious! Your love amazes me. Teach me the value of a prayer of praise. Help me to rise above the world I live in to the glorious realm of Your majesty.

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Goodbye to Last Week

bad weekWOW! The picture sums up my thoughts on this past week.  I’m happy to say goodbye to last week!   Hopefully the weekend has given you a chance to re-energize, enjoy some time away from work and rest.

Below, you’ll find the links for the week’s posts—you can reread or catch up. Share them with your friends! Check out the little map on the right hand side—you can see who else is reading along with you! That map humbles and amazes me!

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Come back Monday—there are only 2 days left in this month-long look at prayer. October begins a new topic—here’s a hint—Fall is a season of change…

Monday: Jesus is telling His followers to continue to pray when circumstances don’t make sense.

Tuesday: Grace is not the reward for repentance.

Wednesday: It’s a relationship of dependence and grace.

Thursday: That doesn’t mean the Stage Manager is gone.

Friday: Prayer is the privilege and the duty of anyone who claims the name of Christ.

Saturday: Prayer is the act that causes the believer to focus on God’s power, God’s goodness, and God’s timing.

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I Got This

I got thisBe prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6: 13-18 (MSG)

“I got this.”

Those are confident words.

I speak them from time to time. From time to time, I have regretted speaking them.

My coworker told me she was going to run to the purchasing office to reorder some supplies. “Are you OK?” she asked.

Sure, I was OK. I was new in the operating room and I didn’t know what I didn’t know—but everything seemed under control.  “Go, I got this.” were the confident words that spilled over my lips. Everything was fine, until the moment it wasn’t. I noticed the anesthesiologist moving around more than usual. The surgeon was working away—his part of the case was going well. I calmly walked around to the other side of the room so I could see what the stir was at the head of the table. I glanced at the monitor. The patient’s heart rate was 23 beats per minute—THAT’S TOO SLOW. That is a critical situation.

Nervously, I asked if I should push the panic pedal. The panic pedal sounds an alarm through the department, alerting the available staff to a critical situation and summoning them to the room. The anesthesiologist calmly replied, “No we’re OK.”  I told her that I was the only nurse in the room and I was quickly becoming not OK.  My mind began to race through the steps I would need to take when the situation turned NOT OK.  The anesthesiologist was calm; the surgeon stopped what he was doing and started CPR to circulate the drugs that would stimulate the patient’s heart. Soon the faster BEEP-BEEP-BEEP and the number on the monitor allowed everyone to go back to business as usual. This procedure was elective; the patient was young, healthy, and rebounded quickly. Everything was fine and everyone was fine.  As quickly as it began, it ended.

It took a long time before I was willing to utter, “I got this.” a second time.  Going from feeling OK, to panic-stricken is unnerving.  Paul’s ominous words that begin this passage should catch the reader’s attention. You and I are up against more that we suspect.

That is one reason prayer is important. Jesus taught His disciples to ask for daily bread. As much as we plan, hope and maybe even worry, there are situations that occur which catch even the most seasoned person off guard. The good news is; nothing catches God off guard. He knows the need. He knows how to work all things—good and bad—for our ultimate good.

Prayer is the act that causes the believer to focus on God’s power, God’s goodness, and God’s timing. Prayer is the act of relinquishing my control—or my illusion of control—to the One who is in control. Prayer is act of bending my will to the will of the One who created me. Prayer is the lifeline that connects me to the One who is never surprised, outmatched or confused by the circumstances of life.

Prayer is talking to and relying on the One who can truly say, “I got it.”

Father, teach me to rely on You for guidance and strength. Help me to understand that prayer is so much more than my laundry list of requests and wishes. Show me that relying on Your goodness and power strengthens me to live and to face the challenges of the day. When I want to fear, I will pray. When I want to be independent and self-reliant, I will pray for guidance. When I want to be strong, I will bow in reverence to the One who gives me the strength.

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The Strategic Plan

battle planThe world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (MSG)

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For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)

 

Life with my first husband wore me down. His physical illness was challenging enough with time-consuming doctor visits, medicine regimens and the regular activities of life. Add to that physical illness, a profound mental illness that included multiple suicide attempts and constant turmoil. It was draining and exhausting.

After a particularly feeble suicide attempt, I tried to have him committed, honestly, not for his benefit, but so I could have a break. The doctors didn’t see things my way, and released my husband. Ron was mad and upset with me. I was mad at the doctors. Frankly, I was mad at God.

On the two-hour drive home from the hospital, Ron slept to ignore me. I silently prayed and cried. I told God exactly how disappointed I was in His behavior. I reminded Him how tired I was. I reminded Him I was looking forward to a couple of quiet, relaxing days with my puppies and no crazy husband at home. I told God, this is a quote, “Thanks, thanks for nothing!”

After that mental rant, I decided it was time for some music. The car radio, usually tuned to the area’s Christian music station, offered a diversion to the thoughts swirling in my head. I pushed the button and heard the voice of Tony Evans. He was well into his sermon, I don’t know what his title was that day, but as his voice came through my speakers, he shouted with his usual zeal, “…we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places!”

It took my breath away. I reached over and turned the radio off. I prayed and cried again, only this time it was a prayer of thanks and the tears of one who is noticed, loved and cared for.   From that moment on, I knew this battle was not me-against-Ron. I knew I was not in the fight alone. That moment in my little red car, changed every subsequent moment in my relationship with Ron.

As a believer, do you realize you are in a battle? Do you know who you are fighting? It’s easy to feel your struggle is with the person in front of you, your bad habits, your past, your _________ (fill in the blank). You may believe the lie that if some person or situation would change your life would be a joyful, soft-focused, bliss-fest with no problems.

That is not the case.

The people you see, the situations that, strung together, make up your life; those things aren’t the enemy. Your enemy is real. He’s stealthy. He’s a liar. He’s subject to God’s power. It’s imperative for the believer to understand who the enemy is. Once you know the enemy, his tactics and his weakness, defeating him becomes possible.

Prayer is the believer’s weapon. Prayer is the privilege and the duty of anyone who claims the name of Christ. Prayer is the activity that draws the believer’s focus away from the distracting enemy and to the source of victory.

Pray—it’s a great battle strategy.

Father, thank you for the powerful arsenal of truth. I pray You would open my eyes to the source of the struggles I face. Thank You for Your mighty power, love and grace. Teach me the value of prayer.

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Behind the Scene

backstageA drama scholarship paid for my first 2 years of college. Although enrolled in the nursing program, I was involved in community theater and drama club during high school so I was the pick when I graduated.   I didn’t spend much time on stage. That to me is not fun. For me, the fun is backstage. I was usually the stage manager or props mistress.

While one or two actors play their roles on stage, there is a flurry of activity back stage – it’s like the mall in December.   Props, actors, and entire backdrops need to appear at the appropriate time. Fake food needs to look real to the audience. Costume changes coordinate outfits with the upcoming scene. The lights must come up and go down at the proper time. Groups of extras must be wrangled and ready to run on stage at the proper cue.

All of that must happen in near silence.

It must be silent – or the audience will know it’s a play. Yes, the audience knows intellectually it’s a play, but the back stage crew must help them feel like it’s real. The backstage crew must be silent for the actor’s sake. Imagine the tender moment in Oklahoma, when Laurey and Curley sing People Will Say We’re In Love, being shattered by the boot thumps of thirty extras back stage—not too romantic. Try to keep up with the story line of Tennessee Williams when the dialog is drowned out by the deafening screech of scenery drug across the back stage floor.

Back stage must remain a mystery for the play to come alive.

The play, on the stage of the world we see, is at times horrifying: people are murdered, families are shattered, jobs disappear, and bank accounts are empty. The drama is far too real. The curtain doesn’t drop, the lights don’t dim, the play goes on and on. There is no need to suspend our disbelief. The challenge becomes keeping our fear in check.

All along, the back stage is silent.

That doesn’t mean the Stage Manager is gone. It doesn’t mean He’s shirked His duties. It doesn’t mean there is no one directing the play. It just means we don’t see the back stage.

The Message, coveys Paul’s words to the Corinthian church to us today:

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. (1 Corinthians 13:12-13)

Father, thank You for Your care and concern. When I don’t understand my circumstances, help me trust in You. Remind me to keep the connection open—drive me to prayer.

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The Need of Prayer

need prayerIn prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part. Matthew 6:14-15 (MSG)

Matthew 6

 

As I go room to room at the beginning of my shift. When I enter an operating room too late to actually help the circulating nurse, I complete a piddly task and I quote one of my favorite lines from M*A*S*H*, “Let it never be said I didn’t do the least I can do!” It’s an open acknowledgement that I was too late to be effective.

This month began with a look at The Lord’s Prayer.

Don’t let the verse and section headings distract you. This chapter is part of the Sermon on the Mount–it’s one large teaching session. Jesus states that prayer is a connection between you and God. There is a connection between your actions and God’s actions.

Prayer is an interaction between you and God. It’s God’s desire that you share every part of your life with Him. He, in turn, becomes intimately involved in every part of your life—your future and your present.

My efforts, your efforts will never be enough. Even if you are doing the most you can do, it’s not enough. That is why God’s call is to rely on Him. It’s easy to think God’s requirement is too difficult—trust is difficult for sin-sick humanity to understand. Grace is a foreign concept in almost every human-to-human interaction. It’s easy to try to relate to God the way we relate to a teacher, employer or spouse. It’s easy to think if you are good enough God will love you—that’s not the case—God loves YOU just the way you are.

That is the beginning. He has a life of abundance for those who trust. Jesus was up front. God doesn’t measure abundance the way we do—the material things of earth are not heavenly currency. God will provide what you need.

God’s call is to a relationship. One where there is two-way communication. It’s a relationship of dependence and grace.

Take a few minutes and read the entire chapter—if you have time read Matthew 5-7.

Father, teach me dependence on You. Help me understand that prayer is my connection to You, not simply a “To Do” or “wish” list I bring to You with my requests. Keep me connected. Keep me mindful of my need of prayer.

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Differently the Same

applesHe told His next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: ‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’

“Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, ‘God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.’”

Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.” Luke 18:9-14 (MSG)

As Jesus taught His listeners about prayer, His first lesson was don’t quit. Jesus wasn’t finished. As usual, Jesus wasn’t content to leave the crowd thinking all they had to do was some action—Jesus zeroed in on the heart.

Jesus told a second story filled with stark contrast and subtle similarities.

The Pharisee

Bold and brash about his holiness and good deeds—almost like the child who reminds his parent of all the good things he’s accomplished before asking for a special privilege or blessing—the Pharisee reminds God and those in hearing range how great he is. Most likely, the Pharisee was not being hypocritical—as a religious man, he was telling the truth—he was religious. Fasting, tithing attending to strict laws of holiness was the work of the Pharisee. A Pharisees made sure all the boxes on his To Do List of Holiness were checked each day.

The Tax Collector

To understand this character, one must understand the role of the tax collector in the culture of Jesus’ day. Tax collectors were Jewish people who collected taxes from other Jewish people to pay the Roman Empire. The tax collector dealt with items other Jews considered “unclean.” Tax collectors were often dishonest, collecting more tax than the Romans required and pocketing the difference. The job of tax collector was not prestigious.

Differently the Same

Each of these characters, the brash Pharisee and the contrite tax collector had the same need—grace.   Grace is not the reward for repentance. Grace is the gift a gracious God offers to all who are willing to take it. Jesus explains in pride and arrogance the Pharisee—convinced his own goodness was the point—left the gift untouched. The tax collector realizing his need—cried out for God’s mercy.

There is the lesson—understanding the need for grace. The pious, self-righteous Pharisee and the down cast, self-deprecating tax collector had the same need—a gracious savior.

That is the starting point of prayer. Every person comes to God on the same plane—needing grace. Realizing that my need for grace is the same as yours—my need is the same as the most honored, and the most despised—is the starting place of prayer.

Father, help me see myself through Your eyes—someone who is in desperate need of grace—but also someone who is deeply loved. Remind me my good deeds don’t earn grace any more than my bad deeds negate Your grace. Teach me to live a life of freedom and love in response to Your grace.

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Just ONE Bite

one biteJesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’

“He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’”

Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for His chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t He stick up for them? I assure you, He will. He will not drag His feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when He returns?” Luke 18:1-8 (MSG)

Terry and I went through the drive through. Terry got a chocolate sundae, since I was driving and not hungry, I got nothing. I wasn’t hungry until I saw Terry’s sundae. I asked him for one bite. He ignored me. I asked again and his reply was a glib, “Why didn’t you order something?” I quickly spilled out all the reasons I didn’t order. I’m sure I sounded like an auctioneer—I knew I needed to make my plea quickly because Terry didn’t stop eating during my diatribe. My final plea was, “I don’t know why you can’t give me ONE bite!”

Terry stopped eating, looked at me and quietly said what he was thinking, “If I give you a bite, will you shut up?” “YES!!!” I exclaimed. We both burst out in uproarious laughter—Terry and I are the perfect mates for each other!

I truly enjoyed my bite of sundae.

Persistence pays!

Jesus tells a story to help the listeners understand the need for persistence in prayer. There are details in this story that could easily slip by those of us living in the western culture of the 21st century. For those listening as Jesus spoke, the details of this story would pique their interest.

The cast of characters

Widows had no voice in the culture of the 1st century. A widow would never experience “her day in court,” in the formal court setting. This widow was pestering the judge on his time. Perhaps it was as the judge walked to and from work. Maybe she called out her injustice for all in the street to hear. Regardless of how she accomplished it, she was relentless. Her desperate need drove her to repeated petition.

Jesus uses different words than I would to describe the judge. I would say something like; there was a judge who was a huge jerk. Lest you think the widow represents you and me and the judge represents God, I’ll refer you back to a previous, similar story of Jesus in Luke 11. God is good. He is just. He longs to meet the needs of His children.

Jesus asks the question

Before telling this story, Jesus tells His listeners it only takes a small amount of faith, He tells them perilous, unjust, and terrible times will come. Then Jesus tells them the importance of consistent and persistent prayer.

It is easy to have the injustice, suffering, and evil in the world drive you to your knees in prayer. It’s more difficult to continue to pray when it seems like there is no answer. Jesus’ conclusion takes the form of a question—are you willing to continue to pray when your timeline and God’s time line aren’t in synchronization?

Jesus is telling His followers to continue to pray when circumstances don’t make sense. Jesus is telling His followers to be like the widow—one without station, one without rights to request relief or justice, one without means to change her situation—but one who would not stop asking. Jesus was telling His followers to have the faith it takes to keep asking when there is no immediate answer. Trust to the end, when the Son of Man comes—pray through the dark night—replace despair with faith that God will make injustice into justice and sorrow into joy.

Never stop praying—persistence pays.

Father, teach me the discipline of consistent and persistent prayer. Help me focus on You as I pray. Teach me Your attributes and convince me of Your love for me. I will rest in Your love, grace and the promise of Your mercy.

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What Does One Do with 47?

thT1L5QE7PToday finishes up our look at Jesus’ prayer in John 17. Isn’t it comforting and amazing to know YOU were included in that prayer and that Jesus still prays for you today!?

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